Introduction to Response to Intervention
(with Cara Shores)

About this Learning Opportunity

Working together for the success of every student in an inclusive education system is an important principle of Action on Inclusion. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a research-proven framework with potential to create enduring improvement in schools.

This framework is built on a process of identifying students at risk, pinpointing highly effective strategies specifically designed to address the students' areas of need, implementing the strategies with fidelity, and using assessment to determine progress and adjust instruction.

This webinar will explore what RTI is and provide information on effective implementation of the RTI framework. Through demonstration and discussion, you will develop an understanding of the RTI framework as a school improvement process.

You will receive a brief introduction to these topics:

  • Core instruction as the foundation for the RTI framework
  • Effective academic interventions for supplemental and intensive intervention
  • Assessment tools for universal screening, progress monitoring, and diagnostic investigation

About the Facilitator(s)

Cara Shores, EdS, began her career as a special education teacher and taught children in both pullout and inclusive classrooms. She received her master's degree and educational specialist degree from the University of West Georgia and has since served as Student Support Services Coordinator and District Director of Special Education. Since 1999, Cara has provided keynote and feature presentations for numerous organizations including the Council for Exceptional Children, National Council for Administrators in Special Education, National Middle School Association, Student Services Administrators Association of Manitoba (Canada), Student Assistance Professional Association, Kansas MTSS Symposium, the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Iona College RTI Symposium, Texas Tech University RTI Symposium, Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, Calgary Regional Consortium, and Southern Alberta Professional Development Council. Cara has provided services for several federal grants including Project WINS Inclusion Grant, Project Winning Team Inclusion Grant, School Improvement Grant for lowest performing schools, and Race to the Top. In addition, she has worked closely with a large number of school districts to implement school improvement processes. She works monthly in local schools to provide assistance as well as stay current on issues facing teachers and administrators.

In 2009, Cara began publishing with Corwin Press. Her first book, Response to Intervention: A Practical Guide for Every Teacher, was released in 2007 and immediately became a best seller. She is also author of Using RTI for School Improvement: Raising Every Student's Achievement Scores (2009, also a best seller) and A Comprehensive Approach to RTI: Integrating Behavioral and Academic Interventions (2009). In 2011, she served as editor of Response to Intervention: Best of Corwin. In that same year, Cara was named a Corwin Press Million Dollar Author.

Cara lives in North Georgia with her husband, Scott and son, Wesley. When not working, she enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, singing in her church choir, and spending time with her family.

This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.